At St Joseph’s our Year 6 pupils have been paired with a Reception pupil to share various experiences and support our younger pupils. On a Tuesday afternoon, the Year 6 pupils spend some time reading and completing activities with their buddy. They have shared a 'Welcome Liturgy' and fun lunchtimes!
We also run a “Playground Buddy Scheme” where children from Year 6 and can choose to enrol as a play buddy to the children in Foundation Stage and KS1 during lunchtimes. The aim of the scheme is to encourage children to be good role models and it plays an important part in creating a safe, friendly, happy and peaceful atmosphere for children during lunchtime. It also gives them some feeling of responsibility. Not only do they help to make the playground a happy place for all the children, they also offer great help to the staff on duty at lunch.